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Dinner lady Kay hangs up apron after serving Hartlepool pupils for 30 years

St Hild's dinner lady Kay Kempthorne is retiring after a long career. Kay, seated with head teacher Colin Reid, was joined by her colleagues and members of her family on her last day. Kay (left) and her 'best pal' Paula Kester celebrate with bubbly.

St Hild's dinner lady Kay Kempthorne is retiring after a long career. Kay, seated with head teacher Colin Reid, was joined by her colleagues and members of her family on her last day. Kay (left) and her 'best pal' Paula Kester celebrate with bubbly.

A MUCH-LOVED dinner lady has hung up her apron after 30 years of serving up grub to youngsters across Hartlepool.

Popular Kay Kempthorne says she feels like it was only yesterday that she started her three-decade career as a dinner lady in the town’s former Henry Smith’s School.

And after spending a year there, the mum-of-two and grandmother-of-three then moved onto West View Primary School, St Helen’s Primary School, Barnard Grove Primary School, and Clavering Primary School, before spending her final three years at St Hild’s Church of England Secondary School.

But after watching pupils grow up and go on to have their own children, Kay – who is married to retired Steetley worker Robert Kempthorne – said she feels her time has come to retire.

The 61-year-old from Miller Crescent, in King Oswy, held back the tears as she said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time but now it’s time to start a new chapter I suppose.

“I’ll thoroughly miss all the girls and I’ve loved watching all the kids growing up.

“Now I see them with their own children.”

She added: “Me and my husband are just going to please ourselves. It’s time for us to have a rest.”

 

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